PWG> Process Document

PWG> Process Document

PWG> Process Document

Paul Moore paulmo at microsoft.com
Fri Jul 17 17:36:36 EDT 1998


I would not state anything about copyright - the normal rules of copyright
apply. I certainly do not agree that I "grant ulimited , license free,
....."

I would not state anything about patents either. Saying 'we will not prgress
a spec unless ....' does not need to be stated here (and in fact there may
be exceptions). The group is a bunch of intelligent grown-ups representing
many companies. I for one dont need to be told to think hard before agreeing
to a standard that requires me to pay some company a royalty for each
license. Having said that, I might agree to it. Nor do I need to be told
that I should choose a free standard over a royalty based one. This is just
one of the factors to be taken into account in the process.

All I would say is the final section about Non-NDA.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	don at lexmark.com [SMTP:don at lexmark.com]
> Sent:	Friday, July 17, 1998 12:43 PM
> To:	pwg at pwg.org
> Subject:	PWG> Process Document
> 
> Here my new text covering intellectual property and confidentiality for
> the
> process document.  Please share your comments as soon as possible.....
> 
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> -
> 
> 8.   Intellectual Property and Confidentiality
> 8.1. Intellectual Property
> 
> In the course of standards work, the PWG receives contributions
> in various forms and from many individuals and companies.
> The following applies to all written submissions to the PWG.
> It does not apply to intellectual property simply mentioned
> during discussions at meetings, in telephone conference calls
> or via e-mail reflector discussions within the PWG or any of
> its working groups.
> 
> ·    Copyrights:
>         1. To the extent that a submission is or may be
>            subject to copyright, the individual or organization
>            grants an unlimited perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free,
>            world-wide right and license to the PWG under any
>            copyrights in the contribution.  This license includes
>            the right to copy, publish and distribute the contribution
>            in any way, and to prepare derivative works that are based
>            on or incorporate all or part of the contribution, the
>            license to such derivative works to be of the same scope
>            as the license of the original contribution.
>         2. The contributor represents that the contribution properly
>            acknowledges all major contributors, and the contributor
>            grants permission to reference the name(s) and address(es)
>            of the contributor(s) and of the organization(s) they
>            represents (if any).
> 
> ·    Patents:
>         1. The individual or organization must disclose the existence
>            of any proprietary or intellectual property rights in the
>            contribution that are reasonably known to the contributor.
>            The contributor does not represent that he personally
>            knows of all potentially pertinent proprietary and
>            intellectual property rights owned or claimed by third
>            parties not involved in the contribution.
> 
>         2. Where any patents, patent applications, or other proprietary
>            rights are known, or claimed, with respect to any
>            specification on the standards track, and brought to the
>            attention of the PWG, the PWG shall not advance the
>            specification unless the individual or organization that
>            owns these rights agree to license the patent or other
>            property right with reasonable and non-discriminatory
>            terms and conditions.  In such cases, the Working Group
>            chair shall obtain from the owner of such rights, a
>            written assurance that upon Formal Approval of the PWG
>            standard, any party will be able to obtain the right to
>            implement, use and distribute the technology or works
>            based upon the specific specification(s) under reasonable,
>            non-discriminatory terms and conditions.
> 
>         3. Where multiple options are available for standardization
>            and where no significant technical differences can be
>            identified (in the opinion of the Working Group) preference
>            shall be given to options in the following order:
> 
>            a) No patents issued or pending
>            b) Patents available without license fee or conditions
>            c) Patents available with reasonable, non-discriminatory
>               terms and conditions.
> 
> 8.2. Confidentiality
> 
> The operation of the Printer Working Group is conducted without
> non-disclosure agreements among the parties.  Information shared
> at meetings, telephone conference calls, via e-mail reflector
> discussions or any other public event within the PWG or any of its
> working groups is considered to be public knowledge.
> 
> 
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